American prosperity and global leadership was universally acknowledged. President Bill Clinton seemed assured of re-election, while the Republican field against him was in disarray.

Planes fell from the sky with alarming regularity. The Unabomber was at large. The Montana Freemen were staging a months-long hold-out. Accused of bank fraud and printing their own money, they claimed themselves as sovereign individuals, refusing to be evicted from for-closed upon land.

Meanwhile, with the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, FCC regulations dating back to the 1930s were systematically dismantled. A national campaign to connect schools and libraries to the world wide web was begun. The first dot-com boom was  launched and global society was changed forever.

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when the world-wide-web was a shiny new thing and the future shone bright with promise. Return to River Bend…

“It’s Circa ’96: the twentieth century is over and the twenty-first century is well under way. People just don’t get it yet.”

–Rachael Rabinowitz



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2014 Kenneth Patchen Award for Innovative Novel